Kate Schechter would like to know why everyone she meets knows her name - and why Thor, the Norse god of thunder, keeps showing up on her doorstep. It takes the sardonic genius of Dirk Gently, detective and refrigerator wrestler, to get to the bottom of it all. Was the passenger check-in desk at Heathrow's blasting through the roof really an Act of God? (And if so, which?) What's going on at Woodshead Hospital? And why is a severed head spinning on a turntable, its body sitting amiably nearby? Only the sleuthing of Dirk Gently can uncover these mysteries, and only the absurdist wit of Douglas Adams can recount them with such relentless humor.
Copyright ©1988 by Douglas Adams
I had so much fun with this book I nearly crashed the car. When I first read the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" I thought it couldn't get any better, but I actually enjoyed "Dirk Gently" even more. This story has absolutely everything you could ask for and more: mystery, comedy, science fiction, science fact, murder, suspence, ghosts, robots, aliens, demonic posession, theology, evolution, time travel, and an electric monk. You'll have to listen to it to know what that last one is. I strongly recommend it.
Out of the two 'Dirk Gently' titles written by Douglas Adams this is probably the weaker. Don't get me wrong, it is incredibly funny in his usual style, the detective logic is spot on and some of his observations are genius. The problem is that Adams sometimes can't find good ways to finish his books and I feel this is especially true with this title (I won't give away the ending). Also a plus is Adam's reading as his dry wit fits perfectly with the tone of the book and he obviously understands how his material should be read. Overall I would say this is definitely worth a look as although the ending is weak, the story is one hell of a funny journey.
This is a book that follows the style of The Hitchikers Guide but with a complete different subject. For insiders...I like "the battle around the lurking the frigde". If you like Douglas Adams style this will fit as well.
Douglas Adams (DNA) is rightfully famous for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the galaxy and all its configurations. There are two novels introducing the incomparable holistic detective, Dirk Gently. One is The long, Dark Teatime of the Soul, a gem of a story that weaves together Adams' English dry wit, a murder mystery and the Norse gods mythology.
Who else would think of the fact that gods are immortal, but maybe in need of a rest home and linen sheets while hoping for a career in soft drink commercials?
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, of course and maybe a few of the Terry Pratchett Disk World novels.
Besides laughing out loud, you mean? The scene with the murdered man's son in the attic room is priceless.
If you like this novel, there is a good chance you will also love Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
Absurdity Making Sense
Dirk Gently's unique stance on life.
He inhabits this character, and makes me believe it's him to some extent... Arthur was him too, but less obviously so.
Lot's of laughs all the way through... too many to single out one.
I was led to the Dirk Gently saga via my love of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Finding out Mr. Adams himself narrated this one made it an obvious choice. It does not disappoint, and hearing him narrate Dirk tends to make me believe he is significantly closer to his true voice than Arthur Dent. The main difference being that Arthur has no idea why the world is out to get him, but Dirk has a pretty good idea...
I haven't finished the book yet (about 60% through) but it's already repaid me in absurd fun!
It's Douglas Adams. If you are any reader who enjoys humorous fiction, and Brit-humor specifically, that should be all you really need to know. The author of Hitchhiker's Guide and coauthor of Good Omens does not disappoint in this story of Norse gods in modern London.
Douglas Adams excellent reading, his lively, fun interpretation of this bizarre and intriguing story.
When Kate Schechter is walking toward her apartment and each streetlight goes out as she proceeds along the road... the time when Thor wakes up glued to the floor of a warehouse... Dirk waking up in the morning.
Dirk Gently is the best, but Kate runs a close second.
I really really wish that Audible would carry the rest of the Douglas Adams readings of his own work: the other Dirk Gently book, the entirely of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (five books) and Last Chance to See. I would buy them all, as would many of my friends. The CDs are getting hard to find.
I'm a bonafide Douglas Adams fan. I've read everything I could find that he wrote, I've listened to all the dramatizations that the BBC did for H2G2 and I played his computer game and watched his talks on Youtube.
That being said I'm sad to have to write that this book "The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul" was not his finest effort. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad, just not up to his snuff. Normally he ties up all the loose ends quite neatly and quite imaginatively but here I felt that there was a bit that wasn't quite finished. If I was to guess I would say that he was rushed to finish the book and just didn't have the time to polish it to his usual high luster.
Douglas reads this and he reads it wonderfully. His tone, inflections and rhythm makes the story so wonderful to listen to that I found myself sitting in my car lost to where I was and just listening to him read. Quite wonderfully hypnotic.
If you a Douglas Adams fan you'll HAVE to listen to this because ... well ... you know why, but if you're new to Douglas' work then you might want to skip this and listen to either "The Hitchhikers Guide ... " or "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency".
Lots of books lots of time. I love all things Star Wars and fantasy. The Bartimaeus trilogy (or quad) maybe the perfect series. Jonathan Stroud and Douglas Adams are my heroes.
A Pretty Airport
The coke machine and fresh sheets.
I love, love, love DNA. He is missed and worshiped in my home and heart.
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